A guide to quiet places in the city

Looking for a getaway from the Melbourne hustle and bustle? Head to one of these quiet hidey-holes and regain your inner calm.

The Nook at Federation Square

Take a book and retreat to Federation Square’s newest pop-up venue – the Nook. Fashioned as a mid-century sitting room with retro chairs and a couch, it’s a little place of comfort away from the crowds.

A girl sitting on a couch reading a book

Find the Nook at the back of the Atrium at Federation Square

Sleep Pods at Virgin Active

Looking for a gym that’s more than a place to sweat? Along with Virgin Active’s range of unique classes, futuristic sleep pods are available for members at their Bourke Street location. Zero gravity and fully reclinable, sleep pods will gently vibrate after 20 minutes (the optimal nap time). You’ll arrive fully rested for that 2pm meeting. Also available at the Virgin Active on Collins Street.

Morning run around the Tan

A morning run around ‘the tan’ running track in the Royal Botanic Gardens is the equivalent of meditation for dedicated fitness fans. Fresh air, an energy boost and a sneaky hit of feel-good endorphins is an added bonus.

Australian Mediateque at ACMI

Settle into a booth and watch digital films on demand at Australian Mediatheque at ACMI.  A free exhibition showcasing the history of Australian and international screen culture, it features highlights from over 100 years of film. This wealth of filmography treasure, which also includes student-made short films, is available for viewing daily from 12pm to 5pm.

Two people sitting in a booth with headphones on watching a video

Watch digital films on demand at ACMI’s Mediatheque

Free meditation at lunchtime

Leave your stress at the door but bring an open mind to Tuesday lunchtime meditation at Federation Square. Each session is hosted by Buddhist Monk Gen Dornying, a resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne. The free lunchtime classes run from 12.30pm to 1pm.

Yoga in the city

Get calm and renew your focus at Yoga Corner on Little Collins Street. Combining mindfulness with yoga practice, classes are specifically timed around busy work schedules. Drop in during your lunch break, after work or an early morning for a hot yoga sweat session. For night owls, Urban Yoga’s level three studio space offers Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga classes. Vegetarian dinners are included in the class price. Music nights and philosophical talks also run on occasion.

For more ways to be calm in the city, head to Quiet places to find your zen in Melbourne.